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National Book Festival

New York Times best-selling author Shannon Hale started writing books at age 10 and never stopped, eventually earning an MFA in creative writing. After 19 years of writing and dozens of rejections, she published "The Goose Girl," the first book in her award-winning Books of Bayern series, followed by "Enna Burning" and "River Secrets." Her other popular series include Ever After High, Rapunzel’s Revenge and, for adults, Austenland. Hale also has several standalone books for young readers, including "Book of a Thousand Days" and "Princess Academy," a Newbery Honor book. Her latest book for children is “The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde” (Candlewick), the third in the Princess in Black series. Hale lives in Utah.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Shannon Hale

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